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that is distributed the first and third Tuesday of each month. Someone from our staff has
talked with you about our Wikipedia Education Program to bring Wikipedia into higher
education classrooms around the world, and we wanted to keep you in the loop on all of our
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Brazil Pilot kicks off next term with six classes
The Brazil Pilot is starting this week and next in 6 classes in Sao Paulo and Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. Last Saturday, local Brazilian Wikipedians led a training for the
all-star cast of professors and Campus Ambassadors. Wikipedians across Brazil and Portugal
are also expressing their support for the program by serving as Online Ambassadors. We are
excited by the potential for great improvements in the Portuguese Wikipedia in many
different topic areas this semester, including Physics, Ancient History, Public Policy,
and Sociology. Learn more by checking out the course page (in Portuguese).
WMF blog highlights status of program worldwide
The Wikimedia Foundation blog featured a post on the kickoff of the Wikipedia Education
Program for this term in many countries throughout the world. In the blog post,
representatives from the United States, Canada, Egypt, Germany, the Czech Republic,
Macedonia, and Mexico all report on the current status of their programs. Read the post.
Welcome, Essam Sharaf!
Essam Sharaf (no, not the former prime minister of Egypt, but someone who shares his name)
has joined the Education Program team as the Cairo Outreach Coordinator. An experienced
Wikipedian, Essam is serving in this role part time as he continues his studies at the
Kasr ElAini School of Medicine at Cairo University. His role as a Cairo Outreach
Coordinator is to organize and test several types of outreach events in Cairo to create
excitement around Wikipedia, encourage more people to actively contribute to and edit
Arabic Wikipedia, and introducing the newbies to the current existing community.
Essam's work will serve as a guide for the future path of the Arabic Catalyst Project.
See Essam's plan for outreach efforts.
Welcome, Rob Schnautz!
Essam isn't the only new member of the team. We're also pleased to announce that
Rob Schnautz has joined us half-time to fill our Online Communications role for the
English Wikipedia. Rob has been editing Wikipedia as User:BobTheWikipedian since 2006, and
he self-identifies as a WikiDragon, working mostly with the Tree of Life WikiProject. He
also helped develop the automatic taxobox system. In 2011, he became the Regional
Ambassador for part of the Midwest, and he joins the team now to serve as a liaison
between the existing editing community and the Education Program team. Send a warm welcome
to Rob at his user page.
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